I’m not a soccer fan, actually I have never sat through a whole game but this is very cool:
The Americans beat Mexico 2-0 Saturday night to assure themselves a fifth straight spot in the World Cup with three qualifying games to spare.
The team can now rest its stars and fill out its roster starting with Wednesday’s game in Guatemala, with seven of Saturday’s 11 starters excused from the trip. A light workout is planned for Monday in Columbus before the trip to Central America.
The victory allowed the U.S. squad to avenge the lone blemish on its record in the final round of qualifying. The Americans are ranked sixth in the world, one spot behind Mexico. The United States has not lost at home to Mexico in seven games since 1999 nor yielded any goals in that span.
Before a crowd of 24,685, Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley scored five minutes apart and goalkeeper Kasey Keller notched his 50th international win. Keller hasn’t surrendered a goal in World Cup qualifying since a 2-1 loss in Mexico City in April.
This time, Keller made an especially clutch save, diving to his left to snuff a low drive by Mexico captain Rafael Marquez.
“To be able to shut them up at the beginning of the second half by getting two goals and just kind of seeing the game out comfortably was fantastic,” Keller said.